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Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool

Sustainable Packaging Alliance develops Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool

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Environmental analysis of packaging design has largely been neglected in business decision making. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a scientific and internationally recognized methodology that has been used for several decades to improve understanding of the enviornmental life cycle impacts of material production, selection, use and disposal. Most companies, however, have limited access to available information on the life cycle impacts of their packaging and no straightforward scientific way of strategically addressing packaging system sustainability.

Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool

The Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA) is on track to launch its web-based Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool , PIQET, in mid 2007. The tool was designed in conjunction with five international food and beverage companies and supported financially by Australian government agencies. This scientifically based tool will enable total life cycle evaluations of packaging design and can seamlessly be integrated into day to day business decisions. The tool will also be used to identify, review and prioritise actions to reduce the environmental impact of packaging.

One of the challenges for packaging developers is finding up-to-date and accessible information on packaging materials. In response to this gap, SPA has compiled an easy-to-use summary of commonly used polymers, metals and fibres. Useful for packaging technologists, brand managers, designers, environment managers, and policy makers, the Packaging Materials Selector© features information on material characteristics, packaging applications and recycling and other environmental considerations.

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